I recently purchased a Wedge AM-FM, CD, Clock, USB, SD radio. According to reviews I had read on the Net it compares very favorably with the Bose radio at only one-third the price. I have to agree. The sound quality is superb.
I mentioned in a previous post that I use a clock radio as a wake up alarm. It goes off at 6:30 AM tuned to a sports talk station at the time they give scores of the previous night’s games. I have a built in mental clock, though, that wakes me almost every morning at about 6:25 – and I wait for the radio to come on. I would guess that the radio on average actually has to waken me less than once a month. The exception is a period of a week to ten days twice a year when daylight savings time kicks in and ends. It takes that long for my mental clock to recalibrate.
Well, that’s the background. Now for my unpleasant surprise.
I set the radio’s volume control for normal listening from level ten to twelve on its volume scale. For wake up I set it at seven. But when I listen to a CD or to music on an FM radio station I am compelled to raise the volume so that it seems like the orchestra, band or singers are in the room with me.
Yesterday afternoon I was listening to one of Chopin’s most rousing polonaises with the volume set at 28. One would have sworn the piano was next to my bed! I don’t know how I heard it, but the doorbell rang – so I turned off the radio and went to answer the door. It was my 90 year old next-door neighbor. He had just purchased a new HDTV and asked me if I would set it up for him – which I gladly did.
Well, I forgot all about the radio, and this morning just happened to be that rare one day in more than 30 when I did not waken before 6:30. You’d better believe I was awakened at 6:30! 😯 I’ll swear that the vibration of the sportscaster’s voice lifted me three inches off the mattress – a particularly unpleasant way to start the day!